This is my 3rd born son. He turned 11 yesterday. It was a day filled with gifts, chocolate, hugs, kisses, and the all important disco ball!!! He is the sweetest of all my children. His kindness knows no bounds. He makes me a better person. When I grow up, I want to be just like him!!!
I've been away on a little baby-cation.... I was blessed to be able to visit my bestest friend Gianna, and her amazing family. The reason for the visit is that this beautiful girl had an equally beautiful baby boy 3 months ago.
Not to be out done this gorgeous girl, had an even more gorgeous baby, two weeks ago. I couldn't stand the fact that there were beautiful babies out there to be hugged and kissed, and snuggled, and.... well you get the picture... So I hopped on a plane and grabbed the first baby that I saw after I got off the airplane!!! Thankfully it was my sweet "niece's" baby boy Noah. There is to much security in an airport to want to "accidentally" grab a random baby and run.... not that I thought about it... nope not at all... <insert evil laugh here>
For the next few days, my face basically looked like this... I was in baby heaven. When one needed to be fed, or changed, or something selfish like... wanting their mommy... I was able to hold the other one... I'm telling you it is handy to have a spare baby, or two around!!! ESPECIALLY if you don't have to change their diapers. This being a great aunt (Grantie), is an amazing gig if you can get it!!!! Honestly is there anything better in the world than holding a new born baby??
As much as I was enjoying all the baby kissing, and holding, and sniffing (I know that it sounds strange, but have you tried it???? If not grab the nearest baby and take a sniff, just don't do it in the airport, like I said WAY to much security there!!!) it was time to board a plane and head home. I saw the lights of Houston below, and immediately thought... HOME.
But then I saw three of my amazing boys holding up signs saying "Welcome Home Mommy" and knew that I was home where I belong!!! I was blessed beyond measure during my visit, and I hope to visit again soon, my arms are aching to hold those babies... and my boys don't smell nearly as good!!!!
I live in Texas... And here there are only three seasons... Spring, Summer, an Football!!! However I have noticed something about my fellow Texans, we like to pretend that it's actually fall!! The first time a cold front comes through, dropping the temps from the 90°'s to a cool and brisk 81° with a low of 65°, people act if snow is imminent. Digging out coats, and sweaters, dressing their kids for school in long sleeve shirts, and full length coats. They sip hot chocolate and cook warm and cozy comfort foods (that were to hot to cook all summer), never minding the fact that the A/C is still running!!!
Having lived in other parts of the world, places that have four separate seasons, I find myself somewhat immune to this behavior. However I do understand the desire to wear your fave sweater from anthropologie, not because you have to, but because you simply can, without melting!!! Although I may immune (mostly), even I couldn't resist sitting by the fire, and sipping a cup of HOT chocolate, and nibbling on a chocolate croissant while out shopping this weekend. Just because I could!!!
After a long excruciatingly hot summer, we want it to be fall so bad, we try to make it so by the power of our will!!!! We want it so badly, we don't care how ridiculous we look wearing an insulated cost when it's 81° (I kid you not I saw a woman walking into chick-fil-a today wearing a coat that would make the michelin man proud). We want fall so badly, that we ignore all the facts, and choose to sweat it out in our gorgeous sweaters, rather than embracing our flip flops, and sun dresses.
So are you the kind of person that believes the hype, and struts around in a parka and ugg boots, hoping for something that you don't really have??? Or are you in your flip flops, embracing what you are given, and making the most of it??? I admit that on any given day, I could be either, but for the most part I'm a realist. Wearing my sunnys, but secretly hoping, and believing that one day fall will come!!!!!
I originally started a blog years ago... as I mentioned before I was horrible at it, and eventually my poor neglected blog bit the dust. When I decided to jump back into the blogiverse I thought that reactivating my old blog would be the simplest way to start. So I reactivated paper butterfly studio, and started blogging.... however the old name just didn't seem to fit anymore. So a name change was in order.
If you know me at all... or are going to come to know me through this blog, you will know one thing... I am a BLUE girl through and through. I love the color blue, in all it's shades and variations. I can't help it. Given any color in the spectrum, I will gravitate towards blue every time without fail. So what better name for my blog than, Things of Blue?!?! I hope that you like the change as much as I do, and that you'll visit me often!!
Photo of all the goodies I purchased at my last trip to canton, as you can plainly see... The majority of my purchases were BLUE!!!!!
I created this necklace this weekend, and it really spoke to me about waiting. NO not in an audible way, I'm not crazy... Ok maybe I am but that's beside the point!!!
I am convinced that no one really likes waiting. Waiting to pick the kids up from school, waiting at the Dr.'s office, waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for the weekend, waiting at a red light, waiting... There are studies that show with an average lifespan of 70 years, we spend 3 of those precious years waiting!!!
The focal point of this necklace, a vintage chain link coin purse, has been in my stash for a couple of years now. Several times I have taken it out and tried to make something with it, but nothing felt right. So I would put it away and wait for another day, another idea. This weekend I was inspired, and was able to make something beautiful (at least I think so) out of a piece that had been sitting on a shelf.
Do you ever feel like you are the one sitting on the shelf? Waiting for your life to truly begin? There are times when I do!! If you are waiting for that perfect person to spend your life with, or waiting for that baby to be born, or grow up!!! Are you waiting for that dream job, or dream home??? Even though you may feel like you've been put on a shelf, know this you are there for a reason!!! He who has begun a work in you, will not forget you! Just like the coin purse, things may not end up how you pictured but they are sure to be beautiful!!!!!
Once again I am venturing boldly into the world of blogging... my first attempt... well my first attempt was pathetic at best. However this time I am determined to do things differently. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the creativity displayed in the blogging community... and it is something that I want to be a part of. I hope that this blog becomes a part (however small) of the creative blogiverse.
I'm not the most amazing artist out there. My "work" will never grace the walls of a gallery.No one will ever study my life in art history. However the creative process is such a part of me, that it is as natural as breathing. I'm flawed, I'm broken, but in my own way, through the things I create, I am beautiful.
So that I hope you all visit my little blog (and comment) from time to time. It is my fondest wish to inspire you, just as you all have been an inspiration to me!!!!